Day 3

The Grapes of Wrath Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Granma change in the chapters leading up to her death?

    After losing Grampa, she seems less energized and forceful, and over time becomes more tired and disoriented. In Chapter 13, she is vocal and insistent; by Chapter 16, she hardly speaks at all. The trip is proving too much for Granma, and it's difficult for the family to be attentive both to her and to all of their other concerns.

  2. 2

    How would you describe the culture of the migrants on the road to California?

    It is a communal, oddly mutually supportive culture, a group of people who, though they are not related, know that they have the same desires and the same needs. Like the Wilsons and the Joads do,...

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